The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, is located in the Brunei-Muara District, is a neat, clean, modern city with wide roads and overstated public buildings.
Several areas outside the capital such as Lambak, Kampong Pengkalan Gadong or Tungku Link, Kg Mata-Mata Gadong, Jalan Muara, Jalan Tutong, Serusop, and Berakas have opened new business areas filled with new buildings, offices and shop lots.
While these areas are developing, the existing commercial hotspots of Gadong and Kiulap have further expanded with the emergence of brand-new shop houses offering products and services of various kinds.
`The Mall’ at Gadong – Brunei’s first and largest shopping complex – houses more than 150 shops, cineplexes and a hotel.
Elsewhere, existing landmarks such as the famous Jerudong Park Playground, a theme park, the newly expanded and refurbished Brunei International Airport, the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium Complex, and the International Convention Centre continue to garner attention.
Kampong Ayer, the country’s historical attraction and the world’s largest water village – home to more than 30,000 people – remains a favourite attraction along with the rest of Brunei’s jewels such as the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque – arguably the most magnificent mosque in Brunei, the Royal Regalia Museum, the Brunei History Centre, the Royal Ceremonial Hall or Lapau, the Dewan Majlis or Parliament House, and the Istana Nurul Iman – the world’s largest residential palace.
The 1,166-sq-km Tutong District, the third largest of Brunei’s four districts, is home to indigenous groups like the Tutong, Kedayan, Dusun and Iban. Tutong is located nearly halfway between BSB and Kuala Belait.
The Belait District, the heart of the oil and gas industry, is located roughly 100km from the capital. Seria and Kuala Belait, situated about 65km from the capital, are the largest towns.
Temburong has a land area of 1,288-sq-km. It is mostly covered with dense, unexploited forestland with mountainous terrain in the eastern part of the district. The main town is Bangar.
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